When I first started Algerian Action the main focus, well actually the only focus was to give newborns in Algeria something to wear. I had recently had my first baby, my head was full of the children I had met the previous Summer on my first trip to Algiers and well I wanted to do something to help. I had been given so many things for my little boy, much more than he could ever use. My thoughts turned to the poor families I had met and how little they had for their new additions………… So I sent my surplus to them, they of course were overjoyed!
I knew I wasn’t the only one who had extra baby clothes, children grow so quickly so things never get completely worn out -with that in mind I started asking people for their unwanted baby clothes. People were really generous and then, crafters started to get involved sending me beautiful hand-knitted cardigans and jumpers. Gradually more and more people began donating – it was fabulous-things were being shipped regularly to Algeria and so many babies were being given ‘new’ things to wear . As more families began receiving help it became apparent that other members of the family were in need too. So Algerian Action began to help them too.
From those beginnings five years ago, Algerian Action has developed so much- there is still a very long way to go but it’s getting there!
One of the the aid programmes currently running is ‘Medics’. Through this programme we offer assistance with purchasing medicine and medical aids like the wheelchair bought for 65 year old Abdul Kader pictured below.
We currently are in need of glasses, walking sticks, hearing aids and incontinence pads for people unable to afford them for themselves- if you have any of these going spare please do send them in!